Perserverance: Irving Falu’s triple
Irving Falu had his contract selected from Omaha last Thursday after 949 minor league games. He made his debut yesterday and tripled in his first at-bat, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored. KC’s 21st round pick in 2003, Falu is tied with Mitch Maier for the longest tenure of a player in the organization (Maier was selected in the first round that year).
The mark of 949 games make Falu the answer to an interesting trivia question: “Which player originally signed by the Royals played the most minor league games before making his debut as a Royal?” Second on the list is outfielder Mike Brewer, who was KC’s first round pick in the January phase in 1979. Brewer debuted on June 11, 1986. (For the record, Brewer was traded to Cleveland early in the 1985 season. He played in the minors for the Tribe that season and was traded back to KC in September. He began 1986 with Omaha before debuting with KC). Special thanks to Royals Hall of Fame director Curt Nelson for his research on this subject!